MOORE, Okla. (AP) — Backed by choirs and religious leaders, Governor Mary Fallin urged residents of a city hit hard by a tornado to hold on to hope during trying times.
Fallin hosted the Oklahoma Strong memorial service at First Baptist Church in Moore. Television stations broadcast the service throughout the state.
Rabbi Veder Harris read from the first book of Kings, noting that God wasn't in the storm, but is in the "still, clear voice within us."
Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City offered praise and glory and asked God to look upon His family.
Fallin herself quoted from Psalm 46, which says God is our strength even if the mountains tremble.
Storms last Sunday and Monday killed 26 and injured hundreds. The program for the service included photos of tornado damage.